noun, plural pole·ax·es [pohl-ak-siz] /ˈpoʊlˌæk sɪz/, verb (used with object), pole·axed, pole·ax·ing.

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Historical Examples of poleaxe

  • A man is knocked down by the unforeseen blow, like an ox by the poleaxe.

  • On swept the terrible blows of the poleaxe, and Guy had no man to meet but was nearly a head shorter than himself.

    With the Black Prince

    William Osborn Stoddard

  • A fierce struggle took place round the market cross, during which Sir John Byron was wounded in the face with a poleaxe.

    A Cotswold Village

    J. Arthur Gibbs

  • The quartos have 'pollax,' the two earliest folios read 'Pollax,' the third 'Polax,' the fourth 'Poleaxe.'

    Ephemera Critica

    John Churton Collins

  • The Constable wore gilt armour and a plumed helmet, and bore a poleaxe in his hands.

    Old and New London

    Walter Thornbury

British Dictionary definitions for poleaxe


US poleax


another term for battle-axe (def. 1)
a former naval weapon with an axe blade on one side of the handle and a spike on the other
an axe used by butchers to slaughter animals


(tr) to hit or fell with or as if with a poleaxe

Word Origin for poleaxe

C14 pollax battle-axe, from poll + axe
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